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The Woman at the Helm of the Startup State: Leanne Kemp

Queenslands own internationally renowned digital pioneer, Leanne Kemp, is proving the sentiment ‘the future is female’ as the state’s newest – and first female – Chief Entrepreneur. Leanne Kemp has taken over the reigns as Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur from investor, entrepreneur and television ‘shark’, Steve Baxter, who praised Leanne’s achievements saying they have “put her at the cutting […]

Cultural Trailblazer

A difficult childhood can make or break a person. In the case of Alana Kennedy, CEO of Ochre Bloke, it has made her a resilient entrepreneur, and an inspiration to Indigenous people everywhere in realizing that the challenges were in fact “moments of impact”. Growing up in a remote location overcoming challenges like identity disconnection, […]

JCU 2018 Technology Design Sprint

In october 2018, James Cook University held its third annual technology design sprint, with 350 Townsville students and 30 industry partners from across Australia participating in the leading edge, academic event. Based on a Google model and initiated by JCU’s Associate Professor and Head of Information Technology, Trina Myers in 2015; the Australian first, curriculum-based […]

The Final Frontier

RECTIFYING AGE-OLD SOCIAL INJUSTICES AND INSTALLING BALANCE INTO OUR MORE SLANTED SECTORS OF SOCIETY HAS NEVER BEEN AN EASY PROCESS. BUT FOR THOSE WHO’VE OVERCOME THE OBSTACLES TO ACHIEVE THEIR AMBITIONS, IT MAKES THEIR SUCCESS JUST THAT LITTLE BIT SWEETER. It’s been a labour of love, learning and empowerment for Sergeant Kylie Walters, who has […]

Women of Achievement

The Women of Achievement events connect North Queensland’s leading experts and researchers, female founders, entrepreneurial visionaries, truth-tellers, innovators, thought leaders and dynamic women in business who inspire and elevate each other. This year’s Women of Achievement luncheon presented a commanding collective of women who shared honest, inspirational and raw stories which we share for you […]

iNQ 2.0: Innovation Evolution

If the terms ‘startup’, ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem’ and ‘collaborative environment’ get your motor running then you’re definitely reading the right rag, but more specifically you’ve come to the right page. If you’re not already familiar with the workings of Innovate NQ (iNQ) then you soon will be. It’s been a startup for startups in the Townsville region since 2014—the hive […]

From High Flyer to Flying High

As a high-flying professional in corporate America, Heather MacKenzie thought she had the world at her feet, until she was the survivor of a sexual assault in the workplace case that would change her life completely and lead her here to North Queensland. It was 2014 when Heather MacKenzie was working as an executive for a healthcare […]

It’s Only Natural: Australian Nutrition Centre

ALTHOUGH COMMON IN THE UNITED STATES, FUNCTIONAL AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE IS STILL A RELATIVELY NEW CONCEPT IN AUSTRALIA, WITH MANY PEOPLE COMMITTED TO THEIR SIDE OF MEDICAL OR NATURAL MEDICINE. James Jensen of the Australian Nutrition Centre, one of only a few of its kind in Australia, has combined his knowledge of pharmaceutical and natural […]

Tomorrow’s Scientists Take On Lego

OVER 160 PRIMARY AND HIGH-SCHOOL CHILDREN REPRESENTING SCHOOLS FROM ACROSS THE REGION CONVERGED AT CQUNIVERSITY TOWNSVILLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CAMPUS’ SECOND ANNUAL FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE (FLL) REGIONAL HEAT. The FIRST® LEGO® League event was a test of strategy and innovation, a spirited competition in which teams used LEGO® Education Mindstorm kits to compete in […]

LA Calling

UNBEKNOWNST TO MOVIE-GOERS AROUND THE WORLD, AN UNASSUMING ADDRESS IN TOWNSVILLE IS HOME TO A HOLLYWOOD-GRADE PRODUCER. In his capacity as Creative Director at AEC Group, Lyndon Berresford has worked on countless projects which have helped shape our city, including the new Townsville Stadium. And now, thanks to modern technology and upgrades to internet infrastructure, Lyndon […]